Sample Answer for a Recent Task 2 Question
May22

Sample Answer for a Recent Task 2 Question

The following question appeared recently in the IELTS Writing Task 2: Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements, and this sets a bad example to young people. To what extent do you agree or disagree? How can we answer a question like this? We need to carefully analyse the question, then brainstorm and organize our ideas, before finally writing a structured essay. Sample Answer Not...

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Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1
May20

Paraphrasing for IELTS Writing Task 1

Paraphrasing is an essential skill for IELTS, and it is particularly important for IELTS Writing Task 1. In this exam, you are required to paraphrase the question in order to write your first sentence. If you cannot do this, it becomes very difficult to pass the exam. If you copy the question, you will be deducted marks and it may cost you a high band score. Fortunately, learning to paraphrase is not difficult. In this PPT, I will...

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How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary
May17

How to Easily Double Your Task 1 Vocabulary

Getting your target band score for the IELTS Writing Task 1 requires using language in a sophisticated way. Essentially, there are two really important factors: Use language accurately Avoid repetition How can you do that? Thankfully, you don’t need a vocabulary of thousands of words to describe trends. With a little practice, you can master the necessary vocabulary to describe dozens of trends and also learn to vary that...

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How to Grow Fresh Air
May15

How to Grow Fresh Air

Air pollution is a problem for most of the world’s population. With the rise of industrialism in many developing countries, fresh air is now in short supply. Particularly in large cities, people need more fresh air and less pollution. In this TED Talk from 2009, Kamal Meattle demonstrates how to improve the quality of air in your home by using a simple arrangement of plants. Watch and Listen As you watch this video, try to make...

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Sentence Completion Tips for IELTS Reading
May13

Sentence Completion Tips for IELTS Reading

In the IELTS Reading Exam, you will likely be required to do some sentence completion questions. They will look something like this: Some governments feel that it is not wise to focus on a country’s ______________. Pay attention to the question. It might say that you should use “no more than two words,” in which case you may only use one or two words to fill in the blank. Otherwise, it might say “no more than...

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